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THE CLASSIC CAT
ON THE STRIP 

                
      
Located at 8844 Sunset Boulevard 
in the heart of the Strip, The Classic Cat
was the 
largest, most luxurious topless club of them all. 
The dancers and the cocktail waitresses were the 
most beautiful girls in Hollywood. It was packed 
almost every night of the week with tourists and 
locals including many celebrities.

     
This is the inside and outside of the brochure.


Kittens were: L-R Jan, Wendy, Dixie, Brandy,
unknown, and Kay

The club was owned by Alan Wells, who had been an actor around 
Hollywood in his earlier days. I found a list of his movies on the 
net and you can check them out here:  
Alan Wells Movies


Wendy and Alan Wells

My sister and I remember an oriental man named Henry who 
was the manager in the late sixties,  maybe early seventies. 
A man called "Pucci" managed the club later in the seventies. 
I remember a doorman named Jay York who was a famous wrestler 
(The Alaskan) in those days; and the Bracci brothers, 
Kenny and David, tended bar.



David & Kenny Bracci

       
This photo of Dixie (L) was one of the life-size 
posters that hung on the wall on the right 
after you entered the club.
.

      
Two photos of Haji


When you pulled your car up under the large carport at the front 
entrance, you were greeted by the valet parking attendants.
I remember once when I was walking up to the front door,
 Don Knotts and a date were getting out of his Mustang.
Some of the other celebrities that were seen there were:
James Arnez, Evel Knevel, Adam West, Bob Crane, Robert Conrad,
Richard Deacon ("Mel" from the Dick Van Dyke Show,)
 Louis Nye, Charleston Heston, Jim Morrison,   Doug McClure, 
Lana Turner, Dennis Cole, Chevy Chase, Steve Jaffe, Leslie West 
(Mountain) Dino Valenti, "Jethro" from The Beverly Hillbillies, and 
Stan Freberg who produced many famous commercials in those days, 
such as the famous shaving commercial--"Take it off, take it all off," 
These are people that I know personally were there, but there were many 
other famous people  known to have been seen there.

     
This is Dixie on stage with the Oscar Meyer
wiener man. That's his wife on the left.

   
These are photos of Dixie on stage

             
Dixie in the dressing room

     

       
More photos backstage...Dixie on left...
That's me on the right

      
These are two photos that The Classic Cat
took of me. I did the amateur topless contests
twice a week and hung around the place almost daily.
I tried to get Alan Wells to hire me many times, but
he never did. I wonder if it had something to do
with my flat chest and big nose...

The Classic Cat brochure boasts of an "all-star
Vegas review." Raul lead the show with a band
called the Revelations backing him up. The band
featured Lacy Jones-- vocalist and guitarist.

      
Two photos of Kitten  


New photo of Kitten sent by Terry Rae.


Marguerite Zulad
(Details on Marguerite)

Classic Cat Magazine Photos
(sent in by Tommy Flanagan)

       


Tommy Flanagan--bartender
thomasfrancis2000@yahoo.com

I drew a freehand map recently and it's not very good, but the
production company making the up-and-coming Bob Crane movie called "Autofocus"--due for release in the fall of 2002, contacted me for as much information that I could possibly give them on the Classic Cat for the movie.  Since Bob Crane (Hogan's Heroes) was often seen in the Classic Cat, they are creating scenes to that effect. I sent them many of the photos that you see above and this crude map shown below of the interior of the Classic Cat.


For what it's worth...the pool room that's highlighted
in yellow was one of Jim Morrison's haunts.

If you have any photos or information on the people
that were part of the Classic Cat, please contact me.

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